Archive for January, 2006

Review: The Slow Food Guide to San Francisco

Review: The Slow Food Guide to San Francisco

| January 31, 2006 | 1 Comment

While at the Eco-Farm Conference last week, I picked up a copy of the brand-new Slow Food Guide to San Francisco. Slow Food USA is an arm of the International Slow Food organization and is “dedicated to supporting and celebrating the food traditions of North America.” This book highlights restaurants and food producers in the […]

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Experimenting with the "Flavor Savor Pack": The Juicy Lube-Motion Lotion Taste-Off

Experimenting with the "Flavor Savor Pack": The Juicy Lube-Motion Lotion Taste-Off

| January 29, 2006 | 7 Comments

Remember in my last post, I told you that I’ll always preamble with warning? This time, the warning is: Do not read this if you have never wondered what Motion Lotion — yeah, I mean that kind of Motion and that kind of Lotion — tastes like. But before we get to the lube groove, […]

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Consommé Celestina al Tartufo ~ Consommé Celestine et Truffes

Consommé Celestina al Tartufo ~ Consommé Celestine et Truffes

| January 28, 2006 | 1 Comment

What does an award-winning Italian chef make for his Christmas dinner at home? Why French consomme, of course! When I left for cooking school almost 3 years ago, I sold most everything – car, furniture, etc. – and gave up/away what was left including my apartment so whenever I come back to visit, I stay […]

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Check, Please! Bay Area: Episode 7

Check, Please! Bay Area: Episode 7

| January 26, 2006 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area is KQED’s new local series featuring regular people reviewing Bay Area restaurants. Visit the Check, Please! Bay Area blog to experience the restaurants from Episode 7: 1) Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe: | restaurant information | reviews 2) Soi Four: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe 3) Jeanty at Jack’s: […]

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Beyond the Valley: Abacus

Beyond the Valley: Abacus

| January 26, 2006 | 1 Comment

I don’t mean Dolls, and my title is also not a nod to that meta show on The O.C. (I’ve been Netflixing a lot of that these days. Don’t look at me like that — I love Adam Brody!), it’s more about the fact that Hayes Street doesn’t begin and end in Hayes “getting rather […]

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Cook by the Book: Chocolate Holidays

Cook by the Book: Chocolate Holidays

| January 25, 2006 | 3 Comments

Chocolate Holidays Unforgettable Desserts for Every Season published by Artisan is the latest cookbook by the chocolate expert Alice Medrich. The book has over fifty recipes that feature chocolate in one form or another. The recipes are organized seasonally proving once and for all that chocolate is always in style. The recipes are easy to […]

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The Writer’s Block: The Kitchen Sisters

The Writer’s Block: The Kitchen Sisters

| January 24, 2006 | 0 Comments

Tune in to KQED’s weekly podcast, The Writers’ Block to hear the Kitchen Sisters read selections from their book, Hidden Kitchens.Stream Audio (18:17) [Requires the free RealPlayer.]Download mp3 (18:17) About Hidden KitchensSecret, underground, unexpected, unofficial, below the radar, hidden kitchens. Inspired by the popular and highly acclaimed NPR Morning Edition series, Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes […]

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Restaurant Review Sites in San Francisco, Part II

Restaurant Review Sites in San Francisco, Part II

| January 24, 2006 | 12 Comments

With so many restaurants in San Francisco, it is typical to research a restaurant before visiting. Today, part two of a list of restaurant review sites on the Internet. For this project, I chose to focus on restaurant review sites that allow participation from the public, as opposed to straight-review sites such as the San […]

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Kitchens

Kitchens

| January 23, 2006 | 5 Comments

Looking at apartments lately has reminded me that my number one priority is a gas stove. Windows are nice, greenery is great, carpeting not dating before 1980 is helpful, but the kitchen? The kitchen has to be perfect. It has to feel like home. I have to be able to close my eyes and picture […]

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The Price of Wine

| January 22, 2006 | 3 Comments

Wednesday’s food section of the New York Times presented a stunning photograph: the wooded hills of northern Sonoma County. But Eric Asimov’s story, titled “Making Wine in a Hostile Climate on Sonoma’s Coast,” wasn’t about those woods, it was about the acres of vineyards that would displace those woods. And the “hostile climate” wasn’t so […]

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My Dog Loves Buns

My Dog Loves Buns

| January 20, 2006 | 3 Comments

My dog Fellini loves when I bake. Or rather, I should say, he loves what I bake. I actually probably should extend that to say that he loves just about anything that is edible. And he is particularly happy when I’m standing over the stove. He actually plants himself between me and the stove, hoping […]

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Check, Please! Bay Area: Episode 6

Check, Please! Bay Area: Episode 6

| January 19, 2006 | 0 Comments

Check, Please! Bay Area is KQED’s new local series featuring regular people reviewing Bay Area restaurants. Visit the Check, Please! Bay Area blog to experience the restaurants from Episode 6: 1) Piperade: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe 2) Manresa: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe 3) Bissap Baobab: | restaurant information | […]

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Sugar Rush

Sugar Rush

| January 19, 2006 | 4 Comments

I’ve been mourning the tragic loss of the Hayes & Vine Wine bar in Hayes Valley. When my husband and I moved here two and a half years ago, Hayes & Vine was the place we chose to go to on our first night out. They were just lovely there. The atmosphere was chill and […]

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Take 5 with Wally Cheng

Take 5 with Wally Cheng

| January 18, 2006 | 1 Comment

Title: Founder and Food Maker Wally’s Food CompanyHometown: Vancouver, Canada 1. What made you decide to start a gourmet food/delivery company?My inspiration was my love for food and for business. My previous life was as an investment banker on Wall Street, Hong Kong and San Francisco. After doing that for a while, I spent a […]

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